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Using SharpDX (a library which gives C# programmers the ability to access DirectX libraries in a managed environment) how would I perform an annotation on an image?

I want to keep the original image just as it was and just add some text to the upper left corner of the image, then save-off the image combined with the annotation.

This is all happening in a console app -- no GUI, no windows forms -- all in a process sight unseen.

Thank you!
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Tom,

Let me first say that I have no idea how to achieve that effect, but I am intrigued by SharpDX (since I have never heard of it).

I downloaded the binaries, and I am looking at the samples.  If you have any insight to ramp this up to the next level, I would be happy to help.

Bob
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I see code in the Samples\Direct2D1\BitmapApp folder (Program.cs) that looks like it just loads a Bitmap from a file:

public static Bitmap LoadFromFile(RenderTarget renderTarget, string file)

If you have a System.Drawing.Bitmap object, you can create a System.Drawing.Graphics object from the Bitmap, and use the DrawString method to annotate the image.
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by:Tom Knowlton
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I am abandoning the SharpDX solution.

I am focusing on optimizing the PixTools library code instead.

I think the Direct2D / SharpDX takes the project in the wrong direction.

I don't even know if SharpDX or Direct2D would even FUNCTION in a console app, which this is.
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Hey, good luck with PixTools.  It has been a while since I have thought about image processing, and I haven't heard of PixTools either.  I like to keep in touch with my past lives!!
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I will keep you posted on my progress!
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